Suicide Bombings Kill Three Along Syria-Turkey Border

Blasts hit Azaz, Afrin

At least three civilians were killed and several others wounded in a series of explosions, some of them suicide bombings, around northwest Syria near the border with Turkey.

The first incident of the day was in the city of Azaz, on the main border crossing, where an IED in a car exploded, killing one civilian near the border and wounding several others.

Not long after, a suicide bomber hit nearby al-Bab, wounding three civilians, followed by a bigger bombing in the Kurdish town of Afrin.

There has been no claim of credit, but this is Turkish-held territory, and they will almost certainly blame the Kurds. This is not far from al-Qaeda territory however, and suicide bombing is more their strategy.

Author: Jason Ditz

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